Joshua Dhanens

Joshua Dhanens

Joshua Dhanens has been appointed as Kern County’s new Veterans’ Services Officer.

Dhanens served in the Military Police Corps of the U.S. Army for five years before serving in the same capacity in the California Army National Guard for four years.

He was deployed on combat tours in Bosnia and Iraq and earned a Bronze Star and Purple Heart.

Dhanens has worked for the Veterans Service Department since 2012, serving as the Veterans Service Manager for the last three years.

Dhanens received a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from California State University-Bakersfield and a Master’s Degree in philosophy from the University of Oklahoma.

He will start Oct. 1.

Current Veterans Service Officer, Dick Taylor, will be retiring at the end of the month.


A workshop on government contracting will be held from 7:45 a.m. to 2 p.m., Sept. 27, at the California State University-Bakersfield Dore Theater located at 9001 Stockdale Highway.

The purpose of the event is to let businesses know about opportunities that are available to contract with the government.

Last year Naval Weapons Station China Lake alone did approximately $200 million worth of business in Kern County.

The Small Business Development Center at CSUB will host the event.

Several regional organizations including Caltrans, the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation, Edwards Air Force Base and China Lake will participate in the event.

More information on the event can be found at


Dress For Success Bakersfield will hold its fall clearance sale from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sept. 25 through 28, at 1416 17th St.

Gently used brand name clothing, shoes and accessories will be available for $1 through $20.

All programs will support the organization’s Suiting Program, Career Center and empowerment programs for women in Kern County.

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